Archbishop Hilarion Speaks Against Euthanasia

November 10, 2009

On Nov. 7, the Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk took part in “The Church and the World” TV Program and answered questions on health care. Commenting on the news of the Swiss authorities’ intention to tighten the legislation allowing euthanasia in the country, +Hilarion said:

“Euthanasia is a crime of man against himself and against society,” he said. “From Christian point of view, neither birth, nor death depend on man: we shall die when the Lord summons us. A man who ends his life artificially or prematurely does not believe in the future life and responsibility for his actions. He ends his earthly life with bitter feelings and disappointment rather than with prayer and trust in God.”

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